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Metal plaque with bridge and bargeCheshire Ring Canal Walk

158 km / 98 miles

Cheshire, Gtr Man, Staffs
A route following the towpaths along six historic canals of various ages and character, this Walk offers the solitude of quiet countryside, the hustle and bustle of city streets and views of the Cheshire Plain and Peak District hills. The canals are, anticlockwise from Macclesfield, Macclesfield Canal to Marple; Peak Forest, Ashton and Rochdale Canals into Manchester to join the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield to follow it to Preston Brook; Trent & Mersey Canal to Hardings Wood Junction near Kidsgrove; Macclesfield Canal back to the start.

Opened on 17th July 1761, the Bridgewater Canal was the first in Britain to be built without following an existing watercourse and began a revolution in transport in the canal era lasting for about 70 years. Francis Egerton, third Duke of Bridgewater, built the Canal to transport coal from his mines at Worsley to the industrial areas of Manchester and it was known as the “Dukes Cut”.

The waymarked Middlewood Way (11 miles and on OS mapping) offers a mostly level and traffic-free route for walkers, cyclists and horseriders on the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway between historic mill towns, running parallel with the Macclesfield Canal, providing easy circular walk options.


Details:

Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Metal plaque with bridge and barge
Waymark
Metal plaque with bridge and barge
Attributes
Easy; Canal; Heritage; Industrial History
Start and Finish
SJ962884 - Marple, Gtr Man
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Booklet
Walking the Cheshire Ring (John Merrill Foundation - 1990)
Booklet
Exploring the Cheshire Ring (British Waterways)
Paperback
John Merrill Challenge Walk Reference Book (John Merrill Foundation - 2013)
Leaflet
Middlewood Way (Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council - 2004)
Leaflet - External PDF
Cheshire Ring - PDF (Discover Cheshire)
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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
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OS Landranger Active
108109117118
OS Explorer
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OS Explorer Active
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Cheshire Ring (GEOprojects - 2008)

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Common Barn Farm B&B  (bookable online)
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Kerridge End Holiday Cottages  (bookable online)
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Best Western Manor House Hotel  (bookable online)
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Bracken Hill  (bookable online)
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Route Profile:

155.4 Km (96.6 miles)
1,148 m (3,766 ft) ascent
174 m (571 ft)  maximum height